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The Red Shore - The Seed Of Annihilation

A funny thing about the money thing is
You need a little bit
Then a little more than a little bit
Little kid and he wanted respect
Only cheque he cared about was a mic check
mic check
1-2 then the money grew
He abandoned what he knew and started running with another crew
Attitude building on the avenue
Added to his appetite for revenue
He never knew the limit never ends
Went from the bus to a beetle then a Benz
Sipping on ambition, avarice is this man’s prison
Benz to the halls and a crib full of stuff
But he’s never satisfied cause it’s never enough
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Take Love
Any form of the word, many shapes of
So perfect, Hollywood ending
All you need is love, go and ask John Lennon
Love make a man ill, make a man kill
Make a man take a stand making mountains out of ant hills
Stand still, pay attention
Watch love meet aggression
Man’s got his hands on another man’s woman
Now that other man’s got a gun in his hand, pullin’
Love of God, make a man act odd
See a god and allah ain’t scrappin’ in the back yard
It ain’t hate, it’s love that makes us take
Lives away and make diein’ ok
And who am I to say if you should die for love
Love what you have but
It’s never enough

David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690), ‘The Rich Man being led to Hell’, 1647

“The Bible’s New Testament contains many examples of Christ teaching by means of parables: simple, memorable stories based on everyday occurrences which were used as a way of addressing larger religious themes. The parable of the rich man is told in Luke 16:19-23. At the gate of the rich man lay a poor beggar named Lazarus; ill and hungry, he hoped in vain for some charity from the rich man. Lazarus died and was carried to heaven, but as punishment for his selfishness, the rich man suffered the torments of hell. The parable is usually interpreted as a caution against avarice and an exhortation to human charity.

Teniers depicts the rich man in accordance with the biblical account ('clothed in purple and fine linen’). Vaguely 'Oriental’ garments were used to indicate the exotic distant past; gold chains and rich fabrics suggest the man’s jealously-guarded wealth. The skull cap was a common accessory for 17th-century dignitaries, scholars and men of all faiths; it did not become associated with Jewish dress until the 20th century. Although the biblical text does not describe the entrance to hell, Teniers conceived it as a cave mouth surrounded by demons and monsters. Worry creasing his brow, the rich man shrinks fearfully from the punishment that awaits him.”

Source: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/david-teniers-the-younger-the-rich-man-being-led-to-hell